Mr. South Africa Habib Noorbhai
An update on Habib Noorbhai’s reign as Mr South Africa
After being crowned in November 2016, I had started a campaign called #365heart as I was also recognised as Mr Heart South Africa for all the charity work that I had done during my journey to achieving this coveted title. Every day, I post a theme on social media so that others can do the same. This is an activity that I have done which either inspires fellow South Africans or informs them on what they can do to help others and make South Africa/our world a better place. The theme is not planned and I spontaneously think of something to do when I wake up. The #365heart act only takes between a few minutes and an hour per day.
My main reason for entering Mr South Africa was to leverage social change and to create exposure and funding opportunities for our NPO called The Humanitarians (www.humanitarians.org.za). Fortunately, I am proud to say that I have already done that and will continue doing so.
Some of the main charity projects / initiatives done in the last 6 months:
- Visits to various hospices and charity organisations (Iris House Children’s Hospice, Leliebloem House, CANSA homes, Sarah Fox Children’s Home, Universitas Children Oncology Ward and Lily Haven Old Age home).
- The Sustainable Lifestyle Programme was conducted on the 4 th March in association with The Humanitarians, The Noakes Foundation and Homey Impact in a Community Centre in Mitchell’s Plain.
- Driving for Cancer initiative. I drove 5000km around South Africa (3 rd – 19 th April 2017) to raise awareness and funding for cancer and the Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA). R10,000 was raised for CANSA and more than R350,000 in awareness value was raised through seven radio stations and five newspapers in addition to educating South Africans.
- World Hypertension Day was on the 17 th May and we conducted an educational seminar to teach staff and students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (where I work) about hypertension, preventing hypertension and the dangers of sugar.
- A total of a 100 healthy and affordable non-perishable hampers was packed, distributed and educated for an impoverished Muslim community prior to the month of Ramadaan fasting on the 24 th May.
- On the 28 th May, I had managed to source 20,000 books (fiction and non-fiction; pre-school to tertiary education level) that came to Cape Town. The aim is to mobilise and sustain libraries in townships and settings in need.
- Presently, I am doing a crowd funding campaing on Back A Buddy to assist the destitute during winter through food, blankets and shelter. See more info here and how to pledge: bit.ly/2rMVvy6
In addition to the above projects and #365heart, I am also invited to MC or speak at various schools, charities and do motivational speaking.
Aside from community work, what has the Mr South Africa title and platform done for me personally?
Although I did not enter for personal limelight, the best experiences have been appearing on Top Billing, SABC 3 Morning Expresso, eNCA, SABC News, featured on a few newspapers and magazines and appeared as a guest on many radio stations around South Africa. I had the privilege of meeting well- known people (Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, Mmusi Maimane, Jeannie D, Bryan Habana, JP Duminy and Patricia de Lille to name a few) and being invited as a VIP guest to various events and functions in South Africa.
The last six months has been a journey of learning and growth. I look forward to the next six months of building and sustenance (see below).
Thank you to those who have supported me. As well as my sponsors and partners: Robert Daniel Clothing, Bodytec, Virgin Active South Africa, The Humanitarians, The Noakes Foundation and Ravca Hair Salon. I have exciting things planned and initiatives to be launched, but I will leave it on a silent note and say, watch this space.
Warmest best wishes,